Opposite a pretty green square named Barkston Gardens, five minutes from Earl’s Court tube, you’ll find the Presidential Apartments nestled within a row of well-kept Victorian townhouses. The converted apartments blend in with the other five-storey period conversions occupied by Slone rangers and hooray Henrys from the area. Guests can, if they wish, live like the privileged among them in this saught after location.
Unlike many London lodgings, the rooms pass our ‘swing a cat’ test – we don’t actually take a cat with us, but hypothetically we could, and we would certaintly be able to swing it. They’re spacious and modern, each comes with a couch, dining table, wooden floors, shiny new bathrooms and flat screen TVs. Meanwhile, a well kitted-out kitchen offers everything from a microwave and mini washing machine to a teabag, so you don’t have to think about the details.
Sadly, aside from the wrought iron balcony and high ceilings, none of the original features in this externally beautiful property remain. The period fireplaces, coving and details have been stripped out to suit a universal clientele, who prefer the minimalist look. We would have favoured art of the surrounding area over the plain walls and modern décor, but the lack of historic charm is not enough to stop us checking in again.
Food and Drink: The idea is to BYOB, and make use of the kitchen provided. The space easily allows for a dinner party – why not invite a few friends? However, if you’d prefer the convinience of someone cooking for you, the high street is chock full of restaurnats, take away joints and a Marks and Spencer supermarket.
Price: Apartments start from £140 per night.
Address: 6-12 Barkston Gardens, Kensington, London, SW5 0EN, presidentialapartments.co.uk
Radio Times Travel Rating: 8/10 great location and very convenient, but lacking the traditional character of a London period property.